Family Adventures


What can be better than exploring the out-of-doors with your family?!  Whether it is a formal hike or a pleasant bike ride on the C & O Canal, being outside together is a great way to spend a weekend or a vacation/holiday together.

Family Outdoor Adventures

PVAS's newest program for families is designed to help children explore nature throughout the year.  Each activity is appropriate to the time of year and habitat of the specific location. Programs are held  in a different place, such as the C&O Canal, Yankauer Nature Preserve, Shannondale Springs, Eidolon Nature Preserve, or Flowing Springs Park.  Families are encouraged to return at a later date to do more exploring on their own.

New Family Adventures are posted on the Events Calendar so check back often for updates!

Preregistration is required and registrations are sometimes limited.  Cost is kept to a minimum, but some activities (like caving) may be higher.  For questions or more information about each event, contact Ellen Murphy (

If you would like to be a volunteer program leader for Family Outdoor Adventures or have an idea for a natural area we should explore, let us know!

Past Family Outdoor Adventures

Family Fort Day at Yankauer Preserve

Whiting's Neck Caving Adventure

Letterboxing Trek

          © 2014 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Director
phone // 304-676-8739

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026
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